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difference between 'sparking' and 'club soda' ?

is there any difference?

i mean...i'm sure there's some mineral variences due to natural water and what not -- but basically does

club soda = san pell = perrier ?

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  1. I believe club soda has a high sodium content. Sparkling water usually has a broader array of minerals. I think seltzer is water injected with carbon dioxide.

    1. I concur with bulavinaka; club soda has salt in. Moce bulavinaka! (Fijian for Goodbye, thank you very much!!!)

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      1. re: markethej

        Ni sa moce - kana vaka levu: eat well!

      2. According to these definitions, they are the same ... carbonated water

        It is my understanding that originally Club Soda was a propriatary name ... CANTRELL & COCHRANES SUPER CARBONATED "CLUB SODA"


        Up until the mid-20th century the term for carbonated water was club soda or seltzer. Later sparkling water became a common term.

        The way it is today what other posters said seems true. Usually club soda has salt. Often it is carbonated distilled tap water. The taste is kind of non-descript.

        Sparkling water is just carbonated water without the salt.

        Some water like San Pellegrino and Perrier have natural carbonation, though I believe Perrier takes the carbonation out and recarbonates it.

        Interesting info about carbonated water

        For the heck of it ...how to make a club soda 'lava lamp'

        1. Selzer is carbonated tap water. Club soda is a manufactured, carbonated water with any possible combination of salt/minerals the manufacturer deems to make the best tasting product. Sparkling is just a word to distinguish this class of water from "still" waters.

          1. The club soda in my fridge is simply carbonated water. No salt, sugar, or other stuff. AND at a bar, the soda on the gun is just filtered tap water that gets carbonated as it is poured.

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            1. re: mojoeater

              Yeah, but if you look at a bottle of Schwepp's Club Soda, or Canada Dry, they contain sodium. On the other hand, one if not both companies sell a product labled as seltzer water which doesn't contain sodium. I don't think this is a legislated defination by the FDA or any sort of AOC, so there is no objective answer; only what thos wacky guys in marketing decide!

              1. re: markethej

                Then there's tonic water, which almost always has HFCS, sodium and quinine.

            2. Here's a really easy breakdown of the differences among various types of "water" from the BHG web sites (which is pretty consonant with what most posters have already noted).


              I try to drink more "mineral water" because I have actually convinced myself that it is marginally helpful for building bones (whereas the carbonation in most sodas can actually break down bone mass). I recognize this little self-made myth is probably crap, but it helps me justify falling for the $6 bottles of mineral water in restaurants.

              1. Bumping this thread because the link at the bottom is outdated.

                Let's say I have a bottle of this brutally expensive POM Wonderful juice (pomegranite juice) at home. The stuff costs a friggin arm and a leg. I want to add the juice to the proper type of water to make it go further.

                Do I use TONIC water, Mineral water (Perrier, San Pellegrino), or CLUB SODA? Why is this all so confusing.

                Also, let's change it up and say I want to use the POM juice with vodka and add some carbonation; which would I use in this situation? Tonic?

                I do *NOT* dig HFCS and try to avoid it in anything I drink when possible..

                Thanks in advance! For such a confusing subject, google is surprisingly unhelpful.

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                1. re: duckdown

                  I'd go with club soda or seltzer water in the first what if - the carbonation tends to be stronger and will hold up better and longer in a mixed drink. Tonic water will completely change the flavor and I don't know if the outcome would be desirable - but I'm no mixologist.

                  In the second example, I think if you want the drink to have the two flavor components but just with a fizz, you could run the mix through one of those new carbonating gizmos, or the basic seltzer bottles. If you want to thin it out, you can add the club soda or seltzer water.


                  1. re: bulavinaka

                    I agree with bula. If you want to keep the taste of the POM, don't add tonic. Read the label of the soda waters in the store and use something with no added salts.